Skiing in Sankt Moritz

Sankt Moritz is a well known ski resort in the Upper Engadine (Oberengadin) region, in the canton Graubünden. It lies at the 1856 m altitude and has a reputation of being the birthplace of Alpine winter tourism. One of the first ski lifts in Switzeland began running in there in 1935. The town has hosted the Winter Olympics twice: in 1928 and 1948. In February it had also hosted the 2017 FIS Ski World Championship. As such, it was a clear choice for this year’s annual ski trip with my father, brother and husband.

This year’s family ski trip took us to Sankt Moritz

DAY 1: EXPLORING SANKT MORITZ

We’ve travelled from Luzern to Sankt Moritz by car. For driving the distance of 226 km we needed almost three hours. The last leg of the road, on the curvy mountain road over the Julier Pass, was the most scenic, but also the most time consuming. After we arrived to Sankt Moritz, I was happy we’ve booked the hotel for a night. The day ski trip from Lucerne would be too exhausting.

Curvy mountain road on the way to Sankt Moritz

After arrival to Sankt Moritz, we’ve easily found our hotel located in Suvretta area. Despite we were few hours earlier than its hotel’s official check-in time, we were able to check-in.

Suveretta area of Sankt Moritz is dominated by the luxury tourist accommodation, including 5* hotel Suveretta House

Even though we were still early enough to go skiing, we decided against it. The grey skies over Sankt Moritz and and not too promising weather forecast (snow in the mountains) made us take the decision to rather explore the town than to go skiing. Ski passes in Sankt Moritz are very expensive even for the Swiss standards: area day-ski passes cost 79 CHF and half-day ski passes 69 CHF. As the conditions weren’t the best and we were a bit tired from the travel, we probably wouldn’t took full advantage of ski pass. We felt that would be a massive shame.

In the mountains above Sankt Moritz

The Sankt Moritz ski resort is divided into separate villages located around or near the lake. We walked from our hotel in Suvretta area to centre of Sankt Moritz. I must admit, I was a bit disappointed by the look of the town. Despite the beautiful setting in midst of the Alps and a gorgeous frozen lake, the town lacked the alpine charm many other Swiss Alpine towns has. It is too big, too full of concrete eye-sores and the purpose built flats.

Sankt Moritz was far from the charming Alpine village I expected it to be

Sankt Moritz is well known as the hangout of the rich and famous. Charlie Chaplin, Brigitte Bardot, Alfred Hitchcock, Liz Taylor, Tina Turner, and Heidi Klum are just of few famous names who spent winter holidays in Sankt Moritz. We didn’t spot any famous person, but we definitely sensed that posh vibe of the town.

I liked the lake-side of Sankt Moritz the best

All in all, it was a nice walk around the town, but I was more than a happy to returned back to our hotel and spend the rest of the day at the hotel’s spa and wellness.

Relaxation with a view

Day 2: Skiing the Corviglia slopes

The second morning in Sankt Moritz we woke up early in the morning. After the delicious and filling breakfast, we’ve changed to our ski gear, packed our things in our car, and checked out from our room. We’ve grabbed our skis and and went skiing.

We had some of the slopes just for ourselves

The Sankt Moritz ski area is separated in four main separate ski areas (Corvatsch, Corviglia, Diavolezza, Zuoz) and has in total 350 km of ski runs with 58 lifts. We’ve opted for Corviglia ski area, at the altitude from 1720 to 3057m, easy accessible by foot from our hotel in the Suvretta.

Corviglia ski area

This March was very warm and the high temperatures definitely took it’s tool on the snow. There were only few patches of snow left at the foot of the hill, but at the highest parts of the ski resort there were still a good level of snow on the piste.

Mountain train

Sankt Moritz is famous of having about 300 days of sunshine each year. Unfortunately, we were there on one of the rest 65 days when the sky was covered by the thick layer of clouds. When we arrived to the top, it was even snowing. The skiing conditions weren’t perfect, but the first few runs were still great. Nothing can beat skiing the untouched slopes.

Sky and snow-covered surface were almost the same colour

Throughout the day the weather conditions got better. It stopped snowing and we’ve even witnessed few rays of sunshine. With the day gone by it became clear, the spring is already knocking on the door. The temperatures rose what made snow slushy and harder to ski.

The ski resort is easy to navigate. We found our way around the slopes pretty quickly. We’ve skied most of the 100km of runs at Corviglia ski area, including the ones which were used in the recent FIS Ski World Championship. Most of most of them were wide reds – the kind of slopes I like the best.

Higher ski runs were covered by the natural snow

The ski runs were well linked by the network of chairlifts, mountain train and gondolas. The lift system worked very well and we never queued for the lifts. If not for the grey weather, it would have been perfect day.

One of the chairlifts

We’ve skied for most of the day before we went for a late lunch at one of the mountain huts. Filled with delicious rösti and already quite tired, we didn’t feel like skiing on a slushy spring snow anymore. Because the slope to the valley was already closed due to the lack of snow, we took the lift to the valley. Tired, but happy we’ve left Sankt Moritz and returned back home.

Somewhere on our way back to Lucerne

 

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9 thoughts on “Skiing in Sankt Moritz

    • Urska - Slovenian Girl Abroad says:

      I think it is. I wouldn’t say Sankt Moritz would be my first choice when choosing the winter vacation – it is a bit too expensive in comparison with other similar ski resorts, but it is still a great place to go to do winter activities. Oh yes, the hot tub was very relaxing. 🙂

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